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  • ARTICULATION& TRANSFERFOR ARIZONA POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

    Submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committeeby the Arizona Board of Regentsand the Arizona Community Colleges

  • ABOUTAZTRANSFER

    UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVESFred Corey (Co-Chair), Arizona State UniversityPauline Entin, Northern Arizona UniversityGail Burd, University of Arizona

    ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS REPRESENTATIVEMark Denke

    COMMUNITY COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVESLinda Elliott-Nelson, Arizona Western CollegeMary Gilliland, Central Arizona CollegeVerlyn Fick (Co-Chair), Cochise CollegeRuss Rothamer, Coconino Community CollegeJeanne Bryce, Eastern Arizona CollegeSam Dosumu, Maricopa Community CollegesJill Loveless, Mohave Community CollegeMark Vest, Northland Pioneer CollegeJulian Easter, Pima Community CollegeScott Farnsworth, Yavapai College

    TRIBAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVESAbraham Bitok, Din CollegeJuana Jose, Tohono O'odham Community College

    STAFF

    STEERING COMMITTEE

    Helena BabiskiRebecca McKayKelly Robles

    Lisa RodriguesTracy SalterErin Woodell

    ABOUT AZTRANSFERThe AZTransfer Steering Committee is the coordinating body of Arizonas statewide articulation and transfer system, providing programs and resources that link the states public and tribal community colleges and universities. AZTransfer projects support statewide goals to increase the number of degree completions in Arizona.

    The AZTransfer Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from each state university, the Arizona Board of Regents, and from Arizonas rural, tribal, and urban community colleges. Resources to support these efforts are generously provided by the Arizona Legislature and Arizonas public and tribal community colleges and three universities.

  • ABOUTAZTRANSFERCONTENTSVision, Mission, and Values.........................................................2Our Charge...................................................................................3Making an Impact........................................................................4Preparing the Pipeline.................................................................6Providing Tools to Support Transfer...........................................6Promoting and Facilitating ........................................................... Communication Among Educators...........................................7Community College ........................................................... .........and University Partnerships........................................................7Setting the Standard....................................................................8A Focus on Professional Growth.................................................9Strengthening Information........................................................... and Data Access...........................................................................9

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    CONTENTS

  • CONTENTS VISION,MISSIONAND VALUESVISIONCollege degree pathways are accessible to all Arizonans.

    MISSIONThe AZTransfer Steering Committee, an organization of academic leaders, supports successful application of transfer credits leading to degree completion for students in all public and tribal higher education institutions in Arizona.

    VALUESThe decisions and actions of the AZTransfer Steering Committee demonstrate:

    Our purpose is to promote and support student academic success;

    Our leadership is transparent, collegial, collaborative, and proactive;

    Our decision making is data-informed and outcome-focused; Our fiscal stewardship is financially responsible and

    goal-oriented.

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  • OUR CHARGEIn 1996 the Arizona Legislature charged the states universities, community colleges, and Board of Regents to collaborate to develop ways for students to seamlessly transfer from community colleges to universities. The Academic Program Articulation Steering Committee (APASC) was formed as the cooperative body to carry out this charge. APASC now uses the name AZTransfer Steering Committee to bring more visibility and public understanding to the important work of transfer and articulation in Arizona.

    AZTransfers vision is that college degrees are accessible to all Arizonans. We support the successful application of transfer credits leading to degree completion for students in public and tribal higher education institutions in Arizona. Our primary focus is reducing time and cost to degree by maximizing the alignment of college credits and degree programs. We simplify the transfer process by removing the traditional barriers that students have historically faced when moving from a community college to a university.

    In accordance with ARS 15-1824, the AZTransfer Steering Committee, on behalf of the community colleges and the Arizona Board of Regents, prepares an annual report to the legislature on the progress toward improving articulation and transfer. This report presents major accomplishments in 2014-15 and a brief description of activities and tools used in the Arizona transfer system.

    MAKING AN IMPACTMeeting the higher education needs of our state and increasing college degree attainment are priorities for AZTransfer. Our goal is degree completion at both the associate and bachelors degree level and we know that we are influencing student behavior in the right direction. National and statewide student success data show that community college transfer students are more successful in terms of GPA attainment, second year university retention, and university graduation rates, if they complete an associates degree first before enrolling at the university.

    During the 2014-2015 academic year, 10,696 Arizona community college students entered Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona (figure 1). This is an increase of 16.2% since 2009-2010.

    Students are Completing More Credits Before TransferringSince 2009-2010, students completing the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and a transfer associate degree prior to transfer have increased by 49.3% through 2013-2014. The percentage of students transferring with a completed associate of arts (AA), associate of business (AB), or associate of science (AS) degree has risen more than 10 percentage points. Conversely, over that same time period, transfers with an associate of applied science (AAS) or associate of general studies (AGS) degree have decreased 5%, and the number of students transferring with 35 or fewer credit hours has decreased almost 3%.

    In addition to an increase in the number of students transferring from our community colleges to our universities over the past five years, transfers in the 30 or older age group have increased 36.2% over the same time period.

    PREPARING THE PIPELINEAZTransfer is uniquely positioned to serve a diverse set of populations, including currently enrolled community college students, high school students planning to attend college, and adults hoping to return to college to complete their degrees.

    As educators, we advocate for early and informed decision-making by targeting high school students to ensure they can take full advantage of AZTransfer resources before they enroll at a community college. We recognize the growing popularity of dual-enrollment among high school students and believe that this is most efficiently done when students know how those courses will transfer and count towards both associate and bachelors degrees.

    Collaboration with other state and local organizations has been critical to communicating our tools and services widely. We seek to be integrally involved with community groups with similar goals to increase college access and degree completion. AZTransfer has worked closely with the Arizona Department of Education to integrate key information about college degrees and careers into the Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS) to provide consistent information to K-12 students, counselors, and administrators. Through this cooperative effort, middle and high school students can now access the most current and accurate information available about college and career planning.

    PROVIDING TOOLS TO SUPPORT TRANSFERAZTransfer.com is a free e-advising website designed to assist students, counselors, and advisors with making informed decisions about academic pathways and future careers. From this website, students can access online self-service tools to compare university degree program options, find equivalent courses at their local community college, and confirm that they are the on the right pathway.

    AZTransfer tools and services are publicly available and do not require a subscription or an account to access information. Many students are introduced to AZTransfer by their high school counselors or career advisors during the college application process, dual enrollment or AP/IB/CLEP tests. Community college and university academic advisors typically walk students through these tools promoting their value and applicability during regular advising and counseling appointments as students register and enroll in classes.

    Two of the most popular tools on AZTransfer.com are the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) and the Exam Equivalency Guide (EEG). The CEG is a database of courses offered at Arizonas public postsecondary institutions and defines how those courses are accepted for credit at ASU, NAU, and UA. The EEG indicates how a variety of test scores count for credit at any Arizona public community college and university.

    Many students may not even be aware that they are using our tools and services as many of our initiatives occur behind the scenes and

    function as influencers of policies, processes, and procedures that benefit students transferring from Arizona community colleges into the s